Travel back in time, mingle with the genuine portuguese people
The most remote and interesting historical villages and castles of Portugal.
Located in the interior Beira, center of Portugal, most of the sites we visit are classified in the network of Portugal historical villages.
* Idanha-a-Velha, an ancient roman and visigothic town
* Monsanto the most portuguese village where people live inside granit bolders
* Sortelha, the ring of stone
* Belmonte with a criptojewish comunity and birthplace of Cabral who discovered Brasil
* Trancoso, Queen Saint Isabel dowry
* Marialva, a fantastic well kept town inside walls, where none lives nowadays
* Figueira Castelo Rodrigo, on the path of Santiago camiño
* Castelo Mendo where the first portuguese market took place
* Guarda and its catedral
* Linhares da Beira and its castle
A real encounter with its genuine people, traditions and sites, in remote areas of less known Portugal.
A unique travel experience to taste the culture and history of this fascinating country - Portugal.
Day 1 - Lisboa / Idanha a Velha / Monsanto / Sortelha/ Belmonte. Departure from Lisboa, passing Castelo Branco heading to Idanha a Velha. Visit this village once in visigotich time called Egitânea. Then Monsanto, once the most Portuguese village. Proceed to Sortelha, beautiful and well preserved.
Then we will head to Belmonte.
Day 2 - Belmonte/Linhares da Beira/ Trancoso/ Marialva / Figueira Castelo Rodrigo. We shall drive up to the highest mountain, Serra da Estrela before getting to know the above mentioned villages. We will spend the night in Castelo Rodrigo, very well preserved, once a crossing village for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.
Day 3 - Almeida / Castelo Mendo / Guarda / return to Lisbon.
Departure to Almeida. Visit of this historical village which has a star shape line of walls dated from XVIII century. Then follows a very remote village, castelo Mendo, before heading to Guarda where we may visit the iconic Cathedral. Return to Lisbon.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We will pick up wherever you are in Lisbon area
End location: Drop off desired by the traveller
Duration: 3 days
Transportation in a deluxe Mercedes Van
Guide fees and transportation in a deluxe brand new Mercedes Van (7 pax). Spacious truck for luggage.
Gas, tolls, parks, guide and driver accommodation included.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 Euros - Most castles and sites we visit are free of charge. Participants accomodation not included but I wil be most pleased to assist you within your hotel booking for this tour
2 nights accommodation:
In Belmonte the first night and Castelo Rodrigo in the second night.
Meals and drinks.
I do have no restrictions.
As a National Official Tour guide I may give tours all over Portugal.
I am also certified to conduct Tours in Spain and the rest of Europe ( I have led Tours in France and Italy ).